One of the questions I received before I left for Christmas was how do I get so much done. Blogging almost every day and studying and farming and running a home.
I think the first answer is that I have no intention of finishing everything except the things that are time sensitive. Like delivering eggs on time – or getting my invoices out on time. Otherwise I work each day in specific parts
Secondly I do not have a television.
I actually time my days work. I write the blog between 5 and 7. Except this morning because I slept in a bit. Housework until 8. I will farm until 10am. Then study until 12. I begin dinner at two and walk out the door for chores at 3. And so on. In fact I plan my day to these times as though I am endlessly catching a train but not late. This works easily if you are working alone. People mess up strict timetables like this!
And, of course, there are adjustments made due to the sun so as the days get longer so do my days. Like any animal I am influenced by the sun.
I pause every few hours and try to consciously look around ( I call it standing on one foot) and see where I am in my day.
And ALWAYS I set up my tomorrow the day before. I have the sprouts ready, my clothes ready, my desk set up in the order of my work. For example I am delivering eggs today so I wrote all the labels last night and put everything I need- labels, pen, list and duck boxes in their bag by the door. ( the eggs are all in Jakes big walk in cooler).
Today I am going to investigate whether my new computer can read my English study text aloud TO me so I can multi task – plus I learn better on my feet – so I have the directions to do those new settings printed and on top of my work ready to experiment until 10 which is study time.
Today’s pig buckets are already mixed. The hay thrown down.
This way I start every day AHEAD of the game.
Also I REFUSE to go shopping more than once a week ( or longer if I can get away with it) then I do it all.
I keep a very detailed diary. ( then forget to look at it).
Two black slate boards grace the walls of the kitchen and the cloakroom with lists of things to do and things to acquire.
Anyway – that is all I know about organizing myself.
Though be sure to return to my first sentence. I am well aware that I won’t get everything finished- so to keep sane I allow myself time to plod through and when the time is up – I wander over to the next job and work on that for a while. No worries that way!
I am writing this In overtime without double checking the work so I bet there are other things too. Time and motion is a favorite study of mine so my hands are seldom empty.
Everyone has their own systems designed by us to suit ourselves – I think the trick is to design a system that best suits your style. Or at least consciously design a system. Then remember to adjust it often!!
I take a few minutes every now and then to assess my personal and professional achievements and look for improvements. Then make sure I am on track. Not reflect, that is too passive. Assess. Objectively. No recriminations, no blame, just a simple ‘oops – could have done that better’. Assess only yourself. Accept responsibility for your own work. Love the problem. Then work the problem. This is actually harder than it sounds. But personal and good – not for sharing.
Life is full of change. Tons of fun. And Very short and very long all at the same time and one person can have a HUGE impact.
Have a great day.
WEATHER: nasty winds today.